Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Obamacare

by Admin 02.08.2013

Well, the Affordable Care Act has already kicked in. And the law of unintended consequences is again running amok. Beware if you are on Medicare or Medicaid, and even several private plans: Because I have mitral valve prolapse (benign abnormality) I go every couple of years to the cardiologist to have it checked. When I […]

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Hospitals Mining Data for Privately Insured Patients

by Admin 02.10.2012

Every once in a while I find that America’s acclaimed free market health care system (it’s a joke, folks, just a joke) has hit a new bottom. Today I found a piece in Health Business Blog that asked Are you commercially insured with cancer, heart disease or an orthopedic problem? If so, you are a […]

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Senate Kicking Medicare Reimbursements 30 Days Down the Road

by Admin 11.19.2010

Perfect example of kicking the can down the road: the Senate prevented a cut in Medicare payments for doctors during the month of December, so they could kick it down the road to the new Congress without freaking out seniors. They still haven’t figured out they could fix it permanently, and are only going for […]

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The Cost of Doing Nothing Goes Up Every Year

by Admin 02.04.2010

No matter which side of the political fence you are on, this is a startling situation, reported this morning in the Wall Street Journal— not a liberal rag: For the first time, government programs next year will account for more than half of all U.S. health-care spending, federal actuaries predict, as the weak economy sends more people […]

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